First and foremost, Sigil: Planar Legends is a Role-Playing Server. This means an immersive world where you live yourself into your character, their personality, their quirks, their flaws and their strengths. Role-playing means you are the character, not yourself, and you see the world through their eyes, you think with their mind, you know only what they should know, and so forth.
Code of Conduct
Respect is universal; from the staff to the players, from the players to the staff, and between the players themselves. To have a working community, we need everyone to be able to respect each other like the mature and grown-up people that we are. There will almost definitely be issues where we do not agree on everything, but that is no excuse to ever start drama, throw fits, or openly argue about it. People have different views, and while these can be discussed, it should always be done in civil and objective tones.
The staff of the server consists of the admin and the dungeon masters. These are the ones that run and control the server, and ultimately the ones in charge. Their word is law, and everyone should respect their decision. If this decision is perceived as wrongful or unfair, it can be taken up with another DM or directly with the Admin. It is preferred if this is done through a forum PM, though if it is a hasty matter we urge you to contact us through either Discord or in-game as soon as possible. Until the matter has been handled, you should treat the issues according to the ruling of the DM. This is not to say that the staff is always right, but they are the decision-makers, and they are the ones in control of the server. To make any community work, you must have leaders and obey the rules and laws of these.
In-game drama can be amazing and fun, but it is never fun if this transfers out of the game. Never harass, mistreat, or otherwise demean fellow players. We are all here to have fun, and while people can have different impressions and ideas on what constitutes good role-playing, and play various characters with their own strong ideals and principles, this does not give any player the right to disrespect or belittle another. A world is filled up with many various types of personalities, and this is especially true in a place like Sigil. Keep things that are supposed to be in character, in character. If two characters dislike each other in-game, this does not mean the players need to be hostile towards each other out of the game. If you ever feel things are going too far, or situations are bordering on unfair harassment, contact a DM. It is very helpful if players take screenshots of incidents where they are either harassed or bullied through either the game client or in other instances.
Creating false rumors about other players or trying to ruin the reputation of other players intentionally is something we take very seriously, and we ask you to come forward to the DMs if you have issues with anyone over any sort of subject, and let us deal with the case. Talking about people behind their back does no one any good and almost always ends with regret and remorse. If we catch people trying to sever someone's reputation in manners like these, it is considered a bannable offense. Again, be respectful towards each other. Even if you disagree.
Communication is essential. This goes in all manners of life. Just as much here. If you feel another character is harassing yours unfairly, talk to the player. Many misconceptions are made from not understanding or knowing a situation or its intent, and this can often easily be cleared up by just asking, in civil tones, for an explanation or to voice your side of things. If this can't be done directly, never be afraid to contact the staff to help you sort out the situation. We remind you that this is Sigil, a place that houses all varieties in life, a neutral ground where angels and demons can walk the streets alike, and there are and will always be characters here that are less than friendly.
No profanity, no celebrity names (whether modern or ancient, whether fictional or real), and no "subtle" tweaks to try to get around this restriction. Any Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) setting names (except celebrity/god) are acceptable. Immersion-breaking names are not allowed. Your character also has to have a name (in other words, no "Nameless", "No name", or blank name characters). On titles: No "Sergeant X" or "King Y". But something like "Kronar the Barbaric" is usually fine, though it's better to ask the DMs first.
To make the world as immersive and 'realistic' as possible, it is required that players are playing their characters as if they actually were these characters. Any knowledge obtained through out-of-character means should not be used in game. This goes from anything related to other characters, as to the module and the dungeons themselves. An example of metagaming is when you read a wiki entry about another character being a certain alignment, or a part of a secret cult, and then using this knowledge as if your character had it all along. This includes characters of the same player sharing information, even when they have a decent reason to do so; it might not be strictly metagaming, but it provides an unfair advantage for players whose characters are not on sufficiently good terms with each other to share information.
Abusing game mechanics to your advantage is prohibited. The Neverwinter Nights client is not always optimal, but that does not mean anyone should take advantage of the flaws of the engine to get ahead in the game. This means exploitation of transitions, of effects, of glitches, of bugs, of spawns and similar. Item swapping between your own characters is also prohibited, and all items will be removed if we catch players doing this.
The use of various abilities, such as divination or wilderness lore, are not considered to be a valid excuse for metagaming either. Yes, your wizard might be able to cast discern location, but that doesn't give you a justification to use the /findplayers command and treat the information gained as in character. Even so, this can be bypassed with DM approval and/or player approval.
Ninja looting is not allowed. It is considered ninja-looting when you avoid all the spawns just to farm certain loot spots on the server. If this is done through using invisibility or through logging out next to the final boss does not matter, it is not allowed. Period.
While we will not police how you make or build your character, with limits and according to our rules, we expect everyone to build their characters in resemblance to how they want them played. Just placing stats and skills in the combat mechanics, while RPing other skills, is essentially considered as metagaming. In events run by DMs, if you do not have the necessary skills or stats, or even feats, that your character claims to have, they can be ruled as devoid. If your character is an expert on the planes, we expect to see points put into the actual skill. This does not necessarily mean that you have to max out the skill, but that you offer points equal to what you deem fitting of your character's knowledge. Just the same as we expect you to put points into Strength if you want a physically strong character. Giving your character's powers outside of what the game client or selected classes offer is not allowed. Any remarkable skill or ability granted to a character by a DM should always be represented by an in-game item stating the ability and how it works.
A player may take a 4th class on SPL, but doing so comes with certain limitations. Any races with RHD (monster classes) will not be permitted to take a 4th class. Additionally, every class must have a minimum of 3 levels each by level 20 for those that take a 4th. This does not apply to 3 and below.
Prohibited Class Combinations
Certain class combinations are very easy to exploit, and thus we have made the following multiclass combinations illegal:
- Drunken Master/Divine Agent
- Drunken Master/Shifter
- Pale Master/Duelist
- While we're testing chaos monk with wisdom to AC, all class combinations that monk is banned with are also banned with chaos monk. This may change at a later date.
DMs may approve certain less powerful builds - such as Paladin 10/Sorc 10 or Monk 12/Druid 8 with - with a written application.
Banned Character Backgrounds
Player characters may NOT come from Ravenloft, Dark Sun, Earth (either Historical Earth or Gothic Earth), Ravnica (or other Magic the Gathering settings), Golarion (the Pathfinder prime world), or Eberron settings. These all use different cosmologies than Planescape OR are canonically isolated from the rest of the Multiverse.
Party and OOC chat
We will not go into too much detail on this, but we encourage people to use this as little as possible. Party chat is incredibly disturbing to DMs, at least if it is done out of character. Out-of-character chat in general is disruptive to the immersion of the game for other characters, and thus should be kept to a minimum. If you are in private and all are in on it, that should of course be your prerogative. If you feel the absolute need to communicate out of character in public, and there certainly are moments when it is necessary, we ask you to use what we call OOC marks for this. Either (( )) // or OOC: are examples of these.
Player vs. Player
- Have a realistic and plausible reason for engaging in PvP.
- Always declare intent before PvP, and make sure the other player is aware and responds. Intent may be declared in character or through tells, so long as it is made obvious. If there is any doubt, keep screenshots of the interaction.
- Always set the other character to hostile before attacking.
- Realize that PvP may have in-game consequences depending on the severity and situation.
- PvP cannot be used to permanently kill another character without the player's express and understood permission unless prior approval is given by the DM Team.
- Do not engage in PvP around NPCs unless DM approval has been given beforehand.
- Do not engage in PvP during a DM event unless permission has been given by the DM running the event. If the DM says PvP is not allowed then the decision is final. Your character may leave if they cannot abide by that.
PvP is not meant to be a main feature on SPL, and while it can add to an engaging storytelling aspect, we do not suggest designing characters for PvP or around the idea of PvP. Events involving PvP are reasonably rare, and true story-based PvP with hostile intent is even more rare.
Failure to obey the PvP rules is generally a serious offense, and punishment can range from a warning, to forced character retirement (no retirement perks), to a ban for repeat offenses. If you believe that someone is acting in bad faith with PvP rules, tell the DMs in-game using the DM chat and contact a DM over Discord.
When a character dies, they will neither remember how they died nor the last 15 minutes of RL time prior to death.
Character death should always be treated seriously. While characters may have experienced death many times, it is never a thing to be taken lightly. Death is a gruesome, traumatizing experience that few would ever want to endure more than once.
Custom and Exotic Races
Sigil is a place that houses all kinds of various races. Planescape as a setting is all about the diversity of racial origins, and we encourage players to make different and unique characters that match this. If you go to our Races section on this wiki, you will find a diverse list of races that are already approved and in the mod. Guidelines on how to choose these races can be found there.
If you want to play an exotic race that is not on the approved list already, we want you to fill out the request form, listed in our Discord. This is so we can go over the racial request and determine if it makes sense and is suitable here.
Creating and playing a character race that has yet to be approved is prohibited and not allowed under any circumstance. You need to have your custom race approved before creation.
Age and Adult content
While the focus of SPL is not on graphic content and mature themes, they can be present and at times part of stories and plots so it is required that all players must be at least 18 years old. By those same rules and standards, we do not allow any characters to be under the age of 18 or the equivalent of age 18 for their respective race; even those who are over the age of adulthood but 'implied' to be younger are disallowed. If players are caught roleplaying characters under the age of adulthood, it can result in an immediate ban depending on the severity at the time.
We do not disallow erotic or other forms of adult roleplay, but SPL is not a 'social' server - all adult content is required to be strictly kept in tells (only tells) and to be consenting. Tells between players aren't tracked or monitored, but unwilling situations such as coercion (threats, rape, drugs, etc) are strictly against the rules and will result in a ban if the Dungeon Masters become aware of it, even if it was planned out by the players beforehand.
Characters based around ERP, or sexual acts, in general, such as prostitutes, pimps, jinkskirts, 'escorts', etc are completely prohibited. Such professions or traits in a character's background are acceptable, but it does not make sense for Planeswalkers to continue such professions.
Keep all ERP in tells; all sexual content must be consensual, and unwanted sexual advances and harassment are not allowed IC or OOC and must be stopped as soon as is requested regardless of circumstances.
If you think you encounter an exploitable bug or exploitable mistake and are unsure, it is of course sometimes important to test it. However, to keep things clear and open and avoid unfortunate situations, we have agreed on a few rules on how to handle not only reporting, but what to do when encountering a potential exploit:
1. You must first report that you suspect a bug or exploit before testing. This can be done via PM or in Discord to a Dungeon Master.
2. Once you have reported you can go ahead and double-check, to ensure that it wasn't a mistaken observation.
3. More extensive testing, beyond double-checking that it is an exploit, must be with DM supervision.
4. If you are unsure, treat it as an exploit until you know it is not.
We do love you if you want to help test and quality assure our server. These rules are simply in place to make sure to minimize risks of misunderstandings and so that you can feel confident in how to help test exploits without risking making your actions seem suspicious.
- Always follow the PVP rules as listed above.
- Be polite and use the golden rule: Treat others as you wish to be treated.
- No drama.
- No cheating. Don't exploit bugs, report them.
- No characters below the age of 18 or the racial equivalent of 18 for non-humans. No child-play rp.
- You have to be 18 or older to play this server.
- No rape, molestation, or any other kind of sexual assault RP allowed.
- While this is an adult server, if you're going to ERP, do it somewhere private and in tells.
- No ninja-looting; you are not allowed to loot dungeons when you don't slay the spawns.
- No sneaking through dungeon areas just to go straight to the dungeon boss.
- No logging off next to respawnable loot and looting the freshly respawned loot when you log in again.
- No rampant AI abuse. It is not okay, for instance, to abuse a situation that involves an NPC/Monster getting "stuck".
- No muling. Do not transfer gear between your characters.
- Don't rest in events without DM permission.
- Don't leave your character in-game if you aren't available for more than 5-10 minutes, especially in high traffic areas. Go to the AFK Lounge.
- While not necessarily a rule, it's strongly recommended you maintain a respectable use of grammar and spelling in character.
- If unsure of something, defer to a DM. Be this a ruling, lore, OOC question, anything.
- No interactions that should require an NPC for a response without DM presence.
- No characters from Ravenloft, Dark Sun, Eberron, or Earth (either Historial Earth or Gothic Earth).
- You're allowed to use characters you created from other servers, but their history on that server should remain there. Minor backstory and some character-building info is allowed, but their accomplishments there will not be taken into consideration here.
- Keep OOC chat to a minimum.
- No public nudity (exposed genitalia).
- Refrain from using real-life and modern language in-game. Likewise, you should avoid words that aren't English (common). Common parlance like 'et cetera' is passable, but using whole sentences or uncommon words is frowned upon.
- Characters based solely around ERP, or sexual acts in general such as prostitutes, pimps, jinkskirts, 'escorts', etc are completely prohibited. Such professions or traits in a character's background are acceptable, but it does not make sense for Planeswalkers to continue such professions.
For any other questions, please visit the FAQ or consult a member of the staff.